LGV Driver Apprentice - Preston

  • Preston, UK
  • Full-time
  • Area: Region 10
  • Vacancy Type: Apprenticeship
  • Shift Pattern: 5 out of 7
  • Working Pattern: Days (Monday - Friday Only)

Company Description

DPD is a member of DPDgroup, one of Europe's leading parcel delivery networks, and aims to be the most sustainable delivery company in the UK, with a turnover of over £2 billion. We also deliver the best service, use the best technology and recruit and retain the best people in the industry.

Job Description

Our Linehaul Recruitment Manager is looking to recruit a number of ambitious and dedicated Apprentice's who are keen to undertake a  LGV Driver Apprenticeship by joining the nation's favourite parcel delivery company. These opportunities will be based from our site in Preston

The LGV Driver Apprenticeship is a 13 - month programme where apprentices will learn all aspects of professional driving as well as gaining their Category C and C+E licences.

Responsibilities include non-driving duties such as office work, drivers mate and warehousing whilst gaining their LGV qualification.   

Apprentices will also undertake a range of masterclasses which are designed to provide a broad range of knowledge about the job, alongside building their skills and behaviours. Apprentices will obtain CPC licences as part of the LGV Apprentice programme which is a legal requirement to drive LGV vehicles.

Key Tasks/Areas of responsibility

  • To carry out all tasks required as part of the Apprenticeship programme

  • To load and unload vehicles in line with procedures.

  • To plan and assess routes in line with daily needs.

  • To complete all checks in a timely and accurate manner, in line with company and departmental  procedures.

  •  To carry out vehicle checks  ensuring the  vehicle is in full working order, and to report any faults in line with company procedure.

  • To monitor and prevent damage to vehicles and inform a supervisor where damage is identified.

  • To ensure that all CPC, driving licence and driver’s hours legislation is adhered to.

  • To collect parcels from customers and company sites in a timely and accurate manner, allowing for changes to schedule.

  • To comply with the accident and breakdown procedures if appropriate.

  • To implement the Health & Safety policy, ensuring and maintaining a safe working environment.

  • Carry out such duties as may reasonably be requested by supervisors or other management.

  • Attend additional training programmes to supplement both your learning and the Linehaul Operation.

In addition to the LGV Driver role and as part of the programme, Apprentices will undertake additional training and tasks with several business areas, developing their industry knowledge and understanding of DPD’s operations. This will range from internal and external certifications to administrative and warehousing tasks. 


Minimum Qualifications and Experience

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications)

Apprentices must be 18 or over and hold a Category B licence, some may already hold a Category C licence.

Minimum of 12 months UK driving experience required. Candidates must also undertake and pass the necessary medical tests required to train as an LGV Driver.

DVLA Check required to show max 6 points and none of the following; 

Failure to stop after/Report an Accident

Any CD offences – Careless Driving

Any DD offences – Dangerous Driving

Any DR offence – Unfit through drink/drugs

TT99 – Accumulation of points through various offences

CU80 – Use of a mobile telephone whilst driving.

Additional Requirements; 

  • Independently motivated, with the ability to take on tasks and duties without immediate direction

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels

  • High attention to detail to produce accurate and quality work

  • Demonstrate the core DPD DNA values of Passion, Respect, Honesty, Flexibility, Hard Work and Accountability

Special Conditions

  • Study leave - When required

  • Opportunity to work in a clean, health and safety conscious environment

  • Funded Training to develop your skills

  • The opportunity to progress your career within the business

Key Measures of Performance

  • Compliance to training and qualification schedule.

  • Productivity.

  • Attendance record.

  • Training reports.

  • Assigned mentor reports.

  • Successful completion of all tests/qualifications

Additional Information

Additional information

You can apply for this role by uploading your CV however if you do not have a CV write a covering letter that outlines your reasons for applying and your interest in the qualification on offer.

DPD are passionate about creating an environment that is open, ethical, inclusive and socially responsible. There is a culture of recognition and reward within DPD to include; long-service awards, a special recognition programme for those individuals that go above and beyond, and the DPD Personality of the Year award.

If successful you can look forward to the exciting prospect of joining an increasingly successful and expanding business, that through its constant innovation, has revolutionised the express parcel industry and continues to define its outlook for the future.

DPD is a Valuable 500 company and a Disability Confident Employer

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